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The First Year
The First Year
Actors: Georgene Acosta, Geneviève DeBose, Joy Kraft-Watts, Nate Monley, Maurice Rabb
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 20min

Winner of numerous awards including the prestigious Peabody, this powerful and moving film is a "must-see" for anyone who is, or has ever thought of becoming a parent or teacher. The film chronicles the first year of five ...  more »


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Actors: Georgene Acosta, Geneviève DeBose, Joy Kraft-Watts, Nate Monley, Maurice Rabb
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Creators: Davis Guggenheim, Jennifer Lane, Sandra Chandler, Jay Cassidy, Peggy Davis, Sam Citron, Jill Murphy, Joanna Friedman, Julia Schachter, Kheshgi, Senain Kheshgi
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Biography, Docurama
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 04/27/2004
Original Release Date: 09/06/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 09/06/2001
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Required viewing for all
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The First Year is a wonderful documentary that shows the daily struggles of public school teachers in the face of apathetic administrations, parents, and students. As a teacher in the state of California this film strengthened my own resolve to be the best educator I can. At the same time the film also illustrates the break down of the public school system. The notes with this disc states that The First Year was "created to recruit and retain the next generation of teachers."In some ways I think this film will scare teachers off because of the way some of the teachers are treated by the school's administration.In any case I think this should be required viewing by any school board members, teachers, and civil servants in national and state goverments."
Very inspiring
D. Harris | texas | 10/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't own this product (yet), but it was shown in one of my teacher certification classes. I was really inspired by how much the teachers were willing to sacrifice to make sure their students had at least the opportunity to succeed. However, I was saddened that they HAD to give so much because often the district/administration wasn't doing its part. The documentary showed teaching in a very realistic light rather than the "oh, well they get weekends and summers off" light that many people think of it as. This video was shown in a class of 23 potential teachers and I really think it strengthened our resolve to become teachers."